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I'm Breathless - Music from and Inspired by the film Dick Tracy is the second soundtrack album by Americanmarker singer-songwriter Madonna, released on May 22, 1990, by Sire Records. It was recorded to promote and accompany the motion picture, released in the summer of 1990. The RIAA certified it Gold, Platinum & 2x Platinum on Jul 30, 1990, denoting two million shipments in the United States & worldwide has sold more than 5 million copies.

Album history

There are four songs from the film on the album: "Sooner or Later", "More", "What Can You Lose?" and "Now I'm Following You", although the latter song appears here in a version different from the one in the film (the film version was not performed by Madonna, but by the composer, Andy Paley).

The success of the single "Vogue" (originally intended to be the B-side of "Keep It Together"), which was released prior to the album, combined with the publicity of Dick Tracy and Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour gave I'm Breathless a significant sales boost. I'm Breathless reached number two on the Billboard 200, reaching platinum status in three months. The second hit, "Hanky Panky", kept the album in the charts for several months, although it was eventually overtaken by Madonna's Immaculate Collection, released at the end of the year. As a consequence of this, two more planned single releases from the album, "Now I'm Following You" which was remixed by Grammy Award winning remixer Mark Saunders but never released (12" remix can be heard on his website at, and "Sooner Or Later", were canceled in favor of "Justify My Love" and "Rescue Me." Madonna performed "Sooner Or Later", "Hanky Panky", "Now I'm Following You", and "Vogue" on her 1990 Blond Ambition Tour. She also performed "Vogue" at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards and "Vogue" and "Hanky Panky" on her 2004 Re-Invention Tour. Later she performed "Vogue" on her 2008 Sticky & Sweet Tour.

"Sooner or Later" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1991, where she performed it live. The song "Something to Remember" was included in Madonna's ballad's compilation album of the same name. Rolling Stone magazine stated 'No other pop star today could - or probably would - make an album like this.' Madonna commented in a 1998 interview that this album is one of her favorites, "I love every song on that album."

Track listing

Additional notes
  • "Sooner or Later", "More" and "What Can You Lose" are from the motion picture Dick Tracy
  • "Sooner or Later" has an official title of "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)", this credit was used at the 1991 Academy Awards
  • "What Can You Lose" is a duet with Mandy Patinkin
  • "Now I'm Following You" is a duet with Warren Beatty, it also appears in Dick Tracy performed by Andy Paley
  • "Vogue": Executive Producer - Craig Kostich

Album credits


# Title Date
1. "Vogue" March 20, 1990
2. "Hanky Panky" June 30, 1990

Certifications, peaks and sales

Country Peak position Certification (if any) Sales/shipments
Australia 1 Platinum 70,000+
Austria 5 Gold 25,000+
Brazil 1 Gold 100,000+
Canada 2 2x Platinum 200,000+
Finland Gold 37,039+
France 3 2x Gold 200,000+
Germany 1 Gold 150,000+
Japan 1 Platinum 320,000+
Netherlands Gold 50,000+
Norway 4
Spain 2 2x Platinum 225,000+
Sweden 4
Switzerland 3 Gold 25,000+
United Kingdom 2 Platinum 300,000+
United States 2 2x Platinum 2,000,000+


  1. Madonna- Latest Madonna music, charts, awards, CDs, Confessions on a dancefloor, Madonna, American Life, Erotica, sales figures
  2. Mad-Eyes - Madonna albums info - I'm Breathless
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  5. CRIA
  6. IFPI Finland
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  8. IFPI Germany
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  10. IFPI Switzerland
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  12. Billboard – Ask Billboard

For charts and certifications:
  • "Chart Performance of Madonna Records - A Compiled History". MLVC.ORG - Charts. link - last accessed on December 12, 2005.
  • "Madonna Tribe News: Pier Pinto's Charts Updates". Madonna Tribe News. link - last accessed on December 12, 2005.

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